DSWD 6 still prefers door-to-door SAP payout
ILOILO CITY, May 5 (PIA) –Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 6 director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre maintained that the door-to-door delivery of Social Amelioration Program (SAP) is still the most preferred.
“We cannot compromise the safety and health of the people,” she said during the agency’s virtual presser, May 4.
In instances, however, that this mode of SAP emergency subsidy assistance, health and safety protocols or measures recommended by the Department of Health and DSWD must be strictly observed, she said, in a press release issued by DSWD 6.
Based on Memorandum Circular 09 Series of 2020, one mode of delivery which is allowed by the agency is door-to-door. Another is through Distribution Points.
“However, when conducting payout through Distribution Points, this must be in very small groups only,” Macapobre added in a media release.
She noted that they have received reports about the conduct of payout by local government units, where safety protocols were not followed.
“We would like to remind them and the beneficiaries that COVID-19 remains a threat,” Macapobre said, stressing that when distribution is done at the distribution point, hand washing area musty be provided with an available soap and running water.
She also recommended that alcohol and sanitizers should be made available, adding that both the implementers and beneficiaries must wear a mask and social distancing of one meter between persons must be observed.
Records from DSWD 6 showed that a total of 688,497 family beneficiaries were able to receive their SAP cash grant amounting to P4.1 billion.
“As we help each low-income family thrive in this pandemic, let us always put their safety as a paramount consideration,” Macapobre said. (JBG/PIA6/DSWD6)